Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today indicated that Arunachal Pradesh will reopen its doors to tourists after next October, following the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Center from time to time. Participating in the virtual event of Destination North East 2020 organized by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Khandu said that tourism has suffered a lot in the last 6 months due to the epidemic. The livelihoods of thousands of people have been affected while the revenue collection of the state has also been breached.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu said in the meeting that tourism is a major source of revenue and employment. Keeping all the ideas in mind, we will reopen this area. If all goes well, Arunachal will be opened for tourism after October. Khandu commended the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region(DoNER) and the North East Council (NEC) for organizing the virtual festival and said that this would boost tourism in the North-East.
It is known that this event is a calendar event of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) with the objective of taking the Northeast region to other parts of the North East country. The theme of the event is ‘The Emerging Delective Destinations’ to showcase potential tourist destinations in the regions. The 4-day program was inaugurated by Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday in the presence of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Ministry of Development of North East and Chief Ministers of all the eight North Eastern States.
Khandu, while focusing on the Center, said that ‘connectivity’ is the backbone of tourism and that during the last 6 years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, North East has seen a change in the development of its infrastructure. Today, we have railways, roads and airports being developed due to Modiji’s love for the Northeast and concern for the region. Many projects are being implemented while many are in the pipeline.
He said that as a visionary and determined minister in Dr. Jitendra Singh, we ensure development with the rest of the country. Khandu praised the central government’s ‘Act East’ policy, in which he claimed that peace and infrastructural development was beginning in the region – which is essential for a prosperous tourism sector.
Supporting Dr Jitendra Singh’s prediction, Chief Minister Khandu said that North East will be the next tourism hub of India and Arunachal Pradesh with its diversity can become a hub of rural, cultural and adventure tourism both geographically and demographically. We are committed to maintaining our culture while walking on the path of development. Therefore our focus is to emphasize tourism while keeping our culture and environment well protected. The Chief Minister said that one day this epidemic will end and a new era of tourism will start in Arunachal Pradesh and especially in the North East.